BEAUMONT, Texas — Fueled by stellar serving and 22 kills from Kayla Neumann, Lamar University (6-8, 1-3 SLC) took down Abilene Christian University (4-10, 2-2 SLC) in four sets Saturday. The Cards had 13 aces in the game including five in the opening set.

Neumann had 22 kills on a .271 hitting percentage along with nine digs, a block, and two service aces. The junior from Sandpoint, Idaho, had the most individual kills in four sets since Kaci Brewer had 22 against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2007.

Abigale Nash had her 10th double-double in 14 matches with 12 kills and 16 digs. Malaysia Murdock had 11 kills and three blocks, Dannisha House had eight kills and four blocks, and Annika Slovak had 54 assists; that's the most assists in a single four-set match since Ashley Ellis had 53 against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 19, 2014.

With quick play and aggressive attacks, Lamar took the lead right at the start and never let go. The Wildcats got within one point twice, 13-12 and 14-13, but a Murdock kill and two aces from Neumann quickly put momentum back in LU's control. Big Red won the set by seven points, 25-18, taking the final point on an ace by Slovak.

ACU jumped out to a 5-0 lead before a serving error snapped the streak, giving Lamar an opening. LU outscored ACU 8-2, including a 6-0 run that included two Bre'Ala Box kills, a kill to Murdock, a Neumann kill, and an ace by Slovak. The Wildcats tied the set at 9-9 and briefly took an 11-10 lead over the Cards, but that lead wouldn't last long with Lamar taking the next two points. Big Red led 12-11 before the Cardinals and Wildcats traded the next 17 points. Tied at 20-20, back-to-back ACU errors gave Lamar the room it needed to close out the set. Neumann had nine kills in the set, including two of the final three Cardinal points, to lead LU to a 25-23 win. Lamar led 2-0 heading into the break.

As with the first set, the third set was controlled by one team the entire game. The Wildcats opened the set with a scoring salvo, leading by as much as 12 points, 18-6. Big Red battled back, outscoring the Wildcats 15-5 and closing the gap to just two points, 23-21, but the lead proved too much to overcome. ACU smacked down back-to-back kills to take the set 25-21.

The fourth set was the closest of the match with 10 ties and five lead changes. Lamar took its first lead at 4-3, and led by as much as five before ACU tied the set at 16-16. The Wildcats then took two more points to take the lead 18-16 before LU tied it back at 19-19. Momentum pivoted back and forth several times before LU forced match point for the first time, 24-22. ACU took the next three to force a set point at 25-24, then Big Red captured the final three points to win 27-25.

The Cardinals are on the road next week with matches at Northwestern State (11-7, 3-1 SLC) on Thursday and Sam Houston State (8-8, 4-0 SLC) on Saturday before returning home Oct. 17 to host Central Arkansas (7-10, 1-3 SLC).

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